7/17 Recap: Tomcats Jump to First Place
Date: Jul 17, 2018
On the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League’s annual roster release day, players from all around the country found out where they were headed this summer.
All together, players from more than 80 college programs, including from such conferences as the ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big East, will take the field beginning on June 1. They hail from 26 US states, from as far away as California. In addition, the league has an international presence, with players from Canada and South Africa.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming another class of talented young ballplayers to the Hamptons in 2018,” said Brett Mauser, the league’s director of recruiting. “They’re working toward their goal of playing at the next level, and we’re pleased to offer a forum for them to strengthen their skills as well as experience the East End for a summer.”
The league also has a local flavor with the return of the Long Island Road Warriors, who are slated to welcome back eight players from last year’s title team, including batting leader Garrett Heaton (Cortland), as well as home run and RBI leader Marc Wangenstein (Albany). The Road Warriors finished the regular season in second place but upended regular-season champ Westhampton in the championship series, becoming the sixth different team to take home the league title in 10 years.
Since 2008, the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League has adhered to its mission of providing free family entertainment on Long Island, inspiring community youth, improving area ballfields, and facilitating lasting relationships between the players and the community. On the field, nearly 200 HCBL alumni have gone on to play professionally, including 11 who have reached the major leagues.